21st Annual Homelessness Marathon (2019)
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- poverty, homelessness, advocacy, activism, radio, public affairs, foreclosures, evictions, homeless
The Homelessness Marathon is a unique radio program that gives homeless people and their allies a chance to speak with the nation about their experiences. Broadcasting from a different city each year, the annual 14-hour Marathon features live reports, interviews with advocates and experts, and calls from listeners all over the country.
Above all, the program centers the voices of homeless people talking about their real circumstances, obstacles, and potential solutions.
The goal is to create a dialogue on poverty, its causes and effects, and ideas for solving the homelessness crisis. This goes beyond just talking about homelessness: instead, the Marathon focuses on hearing and learning from the lived experiences of homeless people around the nation… ideas and voices that are completely missing from current political discourse.
Hour 1 (10 – 11am ET)
Hour 2 (11am – noon ET)
(Begins with short segment: The Last Words of Michael Collins)
“Hell Is For Children” — Youth Homelessness. Host: Linda Pinkow. Guests include: Carl Howell and Amanda Mallardo from Community Teamwork that works with homeless youth in Lowell, MA plus youths from their program, Ominique Garner, with Boston Youth Action Board; Jacob Heart from Y2Y, a shelter in Harvard Square created by youth for youth.
Hour 3 (12 – 1pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: Homeless Poetry – One)
A talk with doctors and the homeless women they treat at a Health Care Without Walls facility — Host: Nobody
Hour 4 (1 – 2pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: Perry & Harley — A Door To Close)
“From Shelter to Home – transitioning out of homelessness” — Host: Marc Stern. Guests: John Yazwinski and Jonathan Lanham with Father Bill’s Place and two who went from shelter to home.
Hour 5 (2 – 3pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “Saved By the Library” — produced by Virginia Marshall)
A talk with homeless artists at the Common Cathedral Common Arts Program — Host: Nobody
Hour 6 (3 – 4pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: Homeless Poetry – Two)
“The Prison to Poverty Pipeline” — Hosts: Linda Pinkow & Lawrence Bariner II. Guests: Lucius Couloute, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, Carole Cafferty with the MIT Initiative for Teaching Incarcerated Individuals, and prison education advocate Lynn Sullivan, Division Manager for the Petey Greene Program.
Hour 7 (4 – 5pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “In the Closet – Literally” — produced by Brian Adoff)
“Reshaping Our Policies Toward the Homeless” Hosts: Nobody & Linda Pinkow. Guests: Green Party Presidential Candidate Howie Hawkins (the only one of 21 invited candidates, including the incumbent, to accept), Director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Cheri Honkala, and Pastor Dean Dodd of Church In The Park, Modesto, CA.
Hour 8 (5 – 6pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “Markaya from Oaklna – Jus’ Sayin’” – produced by Lucy Kang)
“Now Learn This” – Homeless Students. Hosts: Alison Hamilos & Linda Pinkow. Guests: Bianca van Heydoorn with the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, Temple University; Kathleen O’Neil from Bunker Hill Community College; and a BHCC student.
Hour 9 (6 – 7pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “The Story of Taisha Sturdevant” – produced by Carol Jackson)
A talk with homeless guests at the Paulist Center Supper Club – host: Nobody
Hour 10 (7 – 8pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “On the Streets of London” – produced by Caitlin Fischer)
“It’s Easy To Become Homeless When You Lose Your Home – Part One, Fighting Foreclosures.” Host: Marc Stern. Guests: Grace Ross, Maggie Philippe, and Gina Grandberry of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending
Hour 11 (8 – 9pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “Finding Hidden Hunger in America.” – produced by Catherine Stifter)
Hour 12 (9 – 10pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “Finding Hidden Homeless in India” – produced by Carol Jackson)
“We’re Here, We’re Queer, Now Where Can We Sleep?” LGBTQ homelessness. Host: Caitlin Fischer. Guests: Pamela Klein and Sara Reid of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Transgender Program, and Jude and JT, two LGBTQ+ people with experience being homeless
Hour 13 (10 – 11pm ET)
(Begins with short segment: “Getting Through the Minnesota Winter” – produced by James Gullickson)
“Ending Homelessness NOW” – Hosts: Nobody & Linda Pinkow. Guests: Jacqui Pollock, who spent eight years homeless on the streets of Seattle; Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair Poor People’s Campaign, and Mass. State Rep. Mike Connolly.
Hour 14 (11pm – midnight ET)
(Begins with short segment: Homeless Poetry – Three)
“What’s It Gonna Take?” – host – Nobody. Guests, Paul Boden, Field Director Western Regional Advocacy Project, Morgan Brown, and Rev. Bruce Wright from St. Petersburg, FL.
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